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Juicy Healthy Oven Baked Chicken Breast

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Olena Osipov
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Oven Baked Chicken Breast is easy, juicy and ready with 5 minutes of prep. Simple seasonings transform lean, healthy chicken into an incredibly full flavored dish. Perfect for meal prep or easy dinner!

Our other go-to healthy chicken breast recipes are Instant Pot chicken breast, grilled chicken breast and air fryer chicken breast.

Sliced baked chicken breast in a baking dish

It’s no secret chicken is America’s most popular meat and chicken breast is the most sold cut. There is “a rumor in town” that unlike baked chicken thighs, baked chicken breast comes out dry.

And it is sort of true, but there is a better way!

So, I will show you how to bake chicken breast that is healthy, juicy and flavorful thanks to our optimal tried and tested oven temperature and cooking method.

With simple spices, no pounding or brining, its tenderness will amaze you and it will become one of many healthy dinner ideas you will make over and over again. I love leftovers in healthy Ceasar salad!

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Chicken: This recipe calls for 2 lbs of boneless, skinless chicken breasts. I used three large ones. If you choose to use any other cut, the baking time will be different.
  • Smoked paprika: It is my favorite to use in this recipe. You can use regular paprika but I highly recommend to find smoked paprika in a supermarket near you, stock up and use for air fryer chicken drumsticks, too.
  • Dried oregano, basil, rosemary or Italian seasoning: You can use any of these herbs in any proportion. The recipe lists the way we like it.
  • Garlic powder, salt and pepper: True pantry staples anyone always has on hand.
  • Olive or avocado oil: It helps to lock in juices inside the meat and seasonings to stick. You can skip this ingredient if you really want to avoid any fat. I will say that chicken comes out less juicy and seasoning isn’t quite the same.

The Chicken Breast Seasoning

The seasoning consists of 5 simple spices including salt and pepper. The easiest oven baked chicken breast recipe you will ever make!

Smoked paprika adds deep flavor without extra calories. There is a big difference between regular and smoked paprika – the smoky flavor. You can use regular paprika but the chicken breast wouldn’t come out the same.

Then add dried herbs like oregano, basil, rosemary each on its own or combined. I used dried oregano. Or just use Italian seasoning. You may also love pesto chicken!

We mix them with garlic powder, salt and pepper. You can use grated clove of fresh garlic instead of garlic powder, if you love garlic like me and have time.

Onion powder in addition, Everything Bagel seasoning or even taco seasoning could be substituted depending on how you plan to use your roasted chicken breast.

Drizzle meat with oil, sprinkle with spices and toss around right in the baking dish. There is no need for mixing seasoning in a separate small bowl.

Any oil works, it will not only help chicken not stick to the pan, but ensures every bit of your juicy chicken breast is flavorful! Try sesame oil for an asian flair, chili olive oil or any infused oil to really ramp the flavor profile.

How Long to Cook Chicken Breasts

Under 2 inches thick chicken breasts will take to bake around 25 minutes at 450 degrees F and uncovered. Over 2 inches thick breasts – bake for 30-35 minutes.

Covering chicken breast during baking will result in “boiled” like chicken.

Make sure to choose similar size breasts. If you bake 5 oz chicken breast at same time as 9 oz, I can guarantee you the smaller piece will come out rubbery and dry by the time larger one is ready.

Once a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat reads 150 degrees F, your baked chicken breast is ready. Make sure to let it rest covered for 10 mins to let meat become juicy and finish cooking with residual heat.

And slice against the grain. Watch video below for help!

Recipe Tips

  • Make sure to really spend time to rub the seasonings all over the chicken evenly. Makes a difference!
  • Ovens do really vary based on age, manufacturer and type. If one time your chicken comes out dry, cook for less time next time. Also convection oven method will cook chicken about 3-5 minutes faster, so adjust time accordingly.
  • Do not overbake the chicken. I highly recommend to invest into a meat thermometer and check for 165 degrees F internal temperature before consuming the meat.

Recommended internal temperature for chicken: How do you know your chicken is safe to eat? I highly recommend to invest into a quality meat thermometer. It will come in handy when you cook any kind of meat. We check everything with it.

The US Government food safety recommends to cook any poultry to internal temperature of 165 degrees F (74 C). Please note this recipe tells you to bake until 150 degrees F. Chicken keeps cooking with residual heat while resting and will reach 165 degrees F.

Meal Prep and Leftover Tips

Storing: Refrigerate leftovers for up to 5 days in an airtight container. To keep chicken moist, slice right before serving. Use it in teriyaki chicken meal prep for lunch ideas.

Freezing: Freeze cooked chicken for up to 3 months, again in an airtight container. I think it is best to cut, slice or shred your chicken before freezing it. It will thaw faster and you can add it to your meal right away.

Thawed cooked chicken is great to make chicken salad, chicken chili, tostadas or use as a topping on cauliflower pizza with sliced red onions and a drizzle of BBQ sauce. If you opt to freeze chicken breast ‘whole’ – lay them flat. This makes for easier thawing as they will not be in one big ‘blob’.

Reheating: Breast will dry out if reheated in the oven. Instead place it in a small pot or skillet that has tight fitting lid and simmer covered on low with a splash of water or broth, until heated through. Basically, steam it.

two baked chicken breasts with juices in white baking dish

Serving Ideas

This recipe is extremely versatile. You can serve it with many vegetable and starch combinations or use it to meal prep healthy cobb salad. You can even pair it with healthy sweet chili sauce! Here are a few ideas to use them:

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Juicy Healthy Oven Baked Chicken Breast

Juicy Healthy Oven Baked Chicken Breast

This Oven Baked Chicken Breast is so easy with 5 minutes of prep. Simple seasonings transform healthy chicken into a juicy flavorful dish!
4.99 from 274 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: North American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 147kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. In a medium baking dish, place chicken, drizzle with oil and sprinkle with smoked paprika, garlic powder, oregano, salt and pepper.
  • Using tongs or hands, move chicken around to coat on all sides evenly (I place bottom of breast on top of seasoned one and then swoosh around).
  • Bake for 25 minutes (under 2") to 35 minutes (2"+) or until instant meat thermometer inserted in the thickest part reads 150 degrees F.
  • Remove from the oven, cover with foil or lid, and let rest for 10 minutes for the juices to settle (don't skip!).
  • Slice against the grain and serve along any side with a salad. Meal prep for the week, use in salads and casseroles.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

    Freeze: Freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

      Video

      Notes

      • Choose similar size chicken breasts: I used 3 huge organic breasts that were the same in size. If you bake 5 oz chicken breast at same time as 9 oz chicken breast, I can guarantee you the smaller piece will come out rubbery and dry by the time larger one is ready.
      • Seasonings: You can use regular paprika, however the best chicken is with smoked one. Just buy it.:) 
      • Coat evenly on all sides: This will not only help chicken not stick to the pan, but ensures every bit of your juicy chicken breast is flavorful!
      • Don’t skip letting your meat rest – this ensures the chicken juices settle back into the chicken which results in the tender, juicy chicken you want.
      See recipe post for more tips and FAQs.

      Nutrition

      Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 277mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g

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      1. 5 stars
        Wow. This was so delicious, simple, easy and healthy!

        I added Italian seasoning and extra salt and bam. Perfection.

        I added this to my recipe book!

      2. 5 stars
        DELICIOUS EVEN WITHOUT SALT:

        Thank you, Olena, for this perfect recipe! In 2017, I found this recipe and I’ve made it regularly ever since. It’s always delicious, always juicy, and always looks as tasty as Olena’s pictures. I have kidney disease, so I made it salt-free. I’ve served it to others, and they’ve never noticed the lack of salt. I love Mexican food, but I can’t have red meat, so I enjoy chicken tacos all the time, as well as the occasional chicken pizza. The recipe is perfect, and the chicken can be used in many ways.

      3. 5 stars
        Thank you for this recipe Olena! It is absolutely delicious! You are not kidding when you say the chicken is moist and juicy without covering the casserole dish in the oven. It is incredibly easy to make too and not much to clean up afterward. A winner for sure! I have made this several times and it is always spot on. Thanks again!

      4. 5 stars
        I found this recipe some time ago, and it has been a regular dish on my weekly menu ever since! Super simple, yet incredibly tasty. Whoever tries it loves it and cannot believe how easy it is to make such great chicken with a good recipe 🙂
        It goes super well with rice/quinoa, and any veggies, and is a great addition to salads. Great for meal prepping too, but I prefer it fresh.

      5. 5 stars
        Real simple but flexible! And a ton of details that can be transfered to adjust other chicken recipes (like bake time and temp, most say to cook lower and slower and the result is not as good.)
        For a little spice in your life add some red pepper flake and or cajun/Creole seasoning.
        I put a small bit of chicken stock in the pan (just enough to cover the bottom, dont boil your chicken) and a clove or 2 of garlic. It gives an excellent dressing to spoon over the chicken before serving for the perfect extra flavor pop.
        Definitely give it a try. Goes well with some garlic onion sautéed veggies. Or any type of veggies really.

      6. 5 stars
        OMG!!! Just made this and took the first bite and had to come here and rate this recipe. Amazing flavor. I overcooked the chicken breast but that was my fault. The flavors came out amazing and I can’t wait to make this again. Maybe with legs/thighs. Such simple herbs/spices that are easily found at any store. I’m thinking, for those that want fried chicken, you could add these spices to APF and they would come out amazing as well. Thank you for this.

      7. 5 stars
        I would love this but no one in my household will eat garlic, my other half wretches at the slightest whiff of it. I’m stuck making the same old things as.all recipes seem to have garlic in them.

        1. You can omit the garlic powder, there will be a change in taste, but this recipe is completely customizable.

          1. 5 stars
            I misread your instructions and set my temp at 350. Cooked 30 minutes and tented it right away. Checked temp after 5 minutes under foil…was the best baked chicken ever.

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